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Robert Pearlman
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Click on photo to enlarge. Credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA

The Soyuz rocket mated with the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft rolled out Friday morning to the launch pad at the Baikonaur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Launch is scheduled for 2:01 a.m. CDT on October 12.

Although Russian tradition considers it to be bad luck for the Soyuz crew -- Expedition 18 commander Mike Fincke, flight engineer Yuri Lonchakov and spaceflight participant Richard Garriott -- to witness the rollout, Garriott's father, former U.S. astronaut Owen Garriott, was there along with other family members to see the rocket's tranfer erection at the pad.

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Before leaving their crew quarters for the pad, the crew of Soyuz TMA-13 participated in the tradition of signing the door to their room and received the customary blessing.

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The crew was suited as family members looked on from behind glass (pictured lower right: Owen, Eve and Robert Garriott).

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The TMA-13 crew reported for duty and was then bussed to the pad, where they then boarded their Soyuz.


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Liftoff! Soyuz TMA-13 launched at 2:01 a.m. CDT with ISS Expedition 18 crewmates Mike Fincke and Yuri Lonchakov, along with spaceflight participant Richard Garriott!

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Fincke, the only American to launch twice on a Soyuz, will serve as commander of the six-month Expedition 18 mission. The mission's main focus will be preparing the ISS to house six crew members on long-duration missions.

As Soyuz commander, Expedition 18 flight engineer Lonchakov chose "Titan" as the TMA-13 call sign and had a polar bear doll -- a gift from his son -- as his talisman and 'zero-g indicator'. The same doll previously flew with Lonchakov on Soyuz TMA-1.

The Expedition 18 crew is scheduled to arrive at the station on Tuesday, with docking scheduled for 3:33 a.m.

After the hatches are opened, ISS 17 commander Sergei Volkov and spaceflight participant Garriott will become the first children of previous space fliers to greet each other in orbit.

Garriott is the son of former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, who was a member of the Skylab 3 and STS-9 crews. Volkov is the son of veteran cosmonaut Alexander Volkov, who flew three Soyuz missions.

Garriott will return to Earth on October 23 with Volkov and Expedition 17 flight engineer Oleg Kononenko, who have worked aboard the station since April 10.

Garriott is also the first member of collectSPACE to fly in space after joining (in 2002)!

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Launch video recorded and uploaded to YouTube by collectSPACE:

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Additional topics on collectSPACE about this mission:

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Soyuz TMA-13 docked with the International Space Station at the Earth-facing port of the Zarya module at 3:26 a.m. CDT.

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Hatches between the two spacecraft were opened at 4:55 a.m. CDT. A welcome ceremony and a safety briefing for the new arrivals followed.

ISS welcome ceremony recorded and uploaded to YouTube by collectSPACE:

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Soyuz TMA-13's return from the International Space Station with Expedition 18 commander Mike Fincke, flight engineer Yuri Lonchakov and spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi, originally scheduled for April 7, has been delayed to April 8 at approximately 2:15 a.m. CDT due to the winter weather conditions on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

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After a brief farewell ceremony (see video below) hatches between the International Space Station and Soyuz TMA-13 were closed at 7:46 p.m. CDT, beginning the journey home for Expedition 18 crewmates Mike Fincke and Yuri Lonchakov, as well as spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi.

Soyuz TMA-13 is scheduled to undock from the station at 10:52 p.m. for a landing in Kazakhstan at 2:16 a.m. Wednesday.

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Soyuz TMA-13 undocked from the International Space Station at 10:55 p.m CDT.

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Soyuz TMA-13 safely landed in Kazakhstan at 2:16 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, April 8.

This was the first time that all three Soyuz crew members were returning for a second time from the International Space Station.

Space Station Crew Lands in Soyuz after Successful Mission

Two members of the 18th crew to live and work aboard the International Space Station and a spaceflight participant returned to Earth at 2:16 a.m. CDT Wednesday. NASA astronaut Mike Fincke, Russian cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov and spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft in the steppes of southern Kazakhstan.

The Expedition 18 crew members undocked their Soyuz from the station at 10:55 p.m. April 7. The deorbit burn to slow the Soyuz and begin its descent toward Earth began at 1:24 a.m. April 8. The landing was moved to a more southerly landing site because of poor landing conditions at the original site.

Fincke commanded the Expedition 18 mission, which saw the station go to full power and begin water supply recycling. He spent 178 days in orbit on this flight and has accumulated a full year in space during his career. Launching to the station on Oct. 12, 2008, he also became the first American to fly to and from the space station twice aboard a Russian Soyuz. Fincke served almost 188 days as a flight engineer on the Expedition 9 crew, which launched April 18, 2004, and returned to Earth on Oct. 23, 2004.

Lonchakov completed his first long-duration spaceflight. He spent nearly 12 days aboard the space shuttle Endeavour in 2001. He spent nearly 11 days in space in 2002, launching aboard one Soyuz craft and landing in another while carrying different crews to the space station and back. With this mission, he has accumulated a total of more than 200 days in space.

Simonyi, an American, spent 11 days on the station under a commercial agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency. He is the only spaceflight participant to visit the station twice.

The Expedition 18 crew worked with a variety of experiments, including human life sciences, physical sciences and Earth observation. Many of the experiments are designed to gather information about the effects of long-duration spaceflight on the human body, which will help with planning future missions to the moon and beyond. Other experiments involved practical solutions to extended mission challenges such as repairing electrical components and fighting fire in microgravity.

Before undocking, Fincke and Lonchakov bid farewell to the new station crew, Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mike Barratt, who launched to the station on a Soyuz March 26. Remaining on the station with Padalka and Barratt as an Expedition 19 crew member is Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata. Wakata launched to the orbiting laboratory on space shuttle Discovery's STS-119 mission on March 15.

The Expedition 19 crew will be joined in orbit by Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, European Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk in May, inaugurating the station's first six-person crew. It also will be the first time that crew members from all five International Space Station partners will be living aboard at the same time.

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Have there been any comments on the communication drop out a few minutes prior to stage separation? All those requests for radio contact to the crew reminded me of the Columbia com check calls. My heart was in my throat until they radioed in after the black out.

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It is my understanding that the radio blackout is normal, especially before stage separation, as the the other Soyuz components block the path of communications on the descent module.

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Thanks Robert. It was just that they tried so often and for so long it appeared to be outside normal operations. The crew looked good as they came out of the spacecraft.

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It's amazing that 30 years ago we had to search really hard to get some information on any Soyuz landing, and nowadays there're online videos. Pity there're isn't any press coverage on the return of the "space participant" who flew twice in space.

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Originally posted by Philip:
Pity there're isn't any press coverage on the return of the "space participant" who flew twice in space.
And the list goes on, and on, and on...

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Has someone seen the coordinates of the landing point?

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Originally posted by SPACEFACTS:
Has someone seen the coordinates of the landing point?
From NASASpaceflight.com:
Planned: 48°34'N, 69°17'E; 144 km NE of Zhezkazgan
Actual: 48°33'56"N, 69°23'51"E; 151 km NE of Zhezkazgan

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quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
And the list goes on, and on, and on...
O.K. Robert, I should have specified in the BeNeLux press (Belgium the Netherlands Luxemburg). Whereas in the 1970s we were very lucky when we found an InterCosmos crew photo in the newspapers

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It still amazes me how "cramped" their capsule actually is. Great pics and videos!

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